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September 10, 2008
City of Toronto celebrates 50 years of yelling ‘fore!’ at Humber Valley Golf Course
Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee (Ward 30 Toronto - Danforth) and representatives of the City of Toronto celebrated the 50th anniversary of Humber Valley Golf Course today. One of five municipal courses operated by Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Humber Valley is a par 70 - 5,446 yard, moderately difficult 18-hole course located along the west bank of the Humber River.

“The City of Toronto places a high value on parks and green spaces as we believe they make a healthy connection with the people who use them,” said Councillor Fletcher. “Our golf courses are a wonderful example of how the City is committed to maintaining publicly-accessible green spaces so residents can enjoy them to their fullest potential.”

In 1954, tragedy struck as Hurricane Hazel claimed lives and destroyed homes beside the Humber River. The land alongside the watercourse was later given to the City by the Toronto and Region Conservation, with the caveat that it only be used for parks systems and golf courses. In 1958, after acquiring 40.9 hectares from the Summerlea Golf Club, the City opened the new Humber Valley Golf Course at a total cost of $357,554 for acquisition and development.

In 1992, Metro Parks and Culture completed a $1.25 million renovation of the course with the award-winning Canadian design firm Thomas McBroom Associates. The redesign included many new tees and greens, fairway realignments and the installation of an automated irrigation system.

“Humber Valley is known for its challenging course, beautiful natural setting and reasonable green fees,” added Councillor Fletcher. “For anyone who hasn’t experienced this premier course during the first 50 years, I encourage them to come out and take a swing this fall.”

In 2007, 189,000 rounds of golf were played at Toronto’s five municipal courses, with close to 40,000 rounds played at Humber Valley Golf Course. The courses continue to be open for the 2008 season, weather permitting. Detailed information about Toronto’s municipal golf courses is available at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726,



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